As You Like It

I have VVVVVV news! While you will always be able to buy the game directly from me, it’s now also being sold on two other sites:

Firstly, a new UK based digital distribution site, Get Games. Get Games are the first such website to sell it – I’m hoping that it’ll appear on a few more in the coming weeks!

Secondly, in addition to the Windows and Mac versions, there is now also an Online version! It’s being sold by Kongregate using their Kreds system. This version has compressed music and can’t be played fullscreen, but otherwise it’s the same – it might be worth a look to people who would prefer to play it online!

Meanwhile: I’ve finally gotten to work on my February game. Should have something worth posting about it (and my unfinished January game) later this week.

* 23 Comments

23 Comments so far

  1. kwyjibo on February 11th, 2010

    I hope the game manages to reach a wider audience through these partnerships.

    Will this game be appearing on Steam? Being one click away from the most hardcore of PC gamers, with the most hardcore of games is sure to bring in some money.

  2. alastair john jack on February 12th, 2010

    The game looks okay on my arcade cabinet now. It’s good with the mouse pointer gone! It’s much nicer using a joystick I find.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1024727/cabinet.jpg

  3. Terry on February 12th, 2010

    I want one!

  4. alastair john jack on February 12th, 2010

    hehe. Wasn’t too hard to make, just a wooden box with a cheap computer in it.

  5. Shasharala on February 12th, 2010

    Whoa! Sweet box!
    And I agree with kwyjibo. if you can get it on Steam it would be great!

  6. StephenM3 on February 12th, 2010

    Can somebody explain to me the reason why so many people prefer to buy games off Steam, to the exclusion of everything else? (You personally may not, but I’ve seen a lot of people declare so.) I’ve bought a few games from Steam, and I can see how having them all in a list like that is kinda neat, but that doesn’t seem enough to discourage someone from buying a non-steam game. In fact, I’m pretty sure you can add games from elsewhere on your hard drive to the list.

    So what is it? It seems a rather odd criteria for game-buying.

  7. tremby on February 12th, 2010

    Ah. I was holding out for the online version but now you say it has compressed music it looks like I’ll go the wine route instead.

  8. SoulEye on February 12th, 2010

    alastair john jack: Very cool! That looks sooo fun! £1 per play, and only no-death mode activated? 😛 Beats having a savings-piggy! 😛

    StephenM3: My take on their motivations would be along the lines of… Sharability (with friends), mobility (move between your computers), loyalty (“I love Valve and all games associated!”), ignorance (“This is good enough for me, why look further?”. Availability (Some games ONLY appear on steam), and perhaps even the psychology of sheepishly following “what everybody else does” too. I could be wrong…

  9. Sparky on February 12th, 2010

    Alastair John Jack- neat, I’d love to have one of those.

    Terry- it’s good to see the game offered in so many different places now.

  10. Z on February 15th, 2010

    Are you planning to release your sales figures? It would be interesting to see how well it’s selling, with all the controversy that game spawned due to its price.

  11. girish on February 15th, 2010

    Hey Terry is it possible to do something about the rampant piracy? Next time how about putting a unique checksum in each exe you sell so you can get after whoever leaks the stuff?

    just a thought.

  12. kwyjibo on February 16th, 2010

    Re: StephenM3

    Convenience really. I have multiple machines and like having everything in the cloud. I have bought VVVVVV already – but there are millions of active users on Steam who will never have heard of the game.

    Putting VVVVVV on their front door will definitely make Terry some money, even after Valve take their cut.

  13. bloocheese565 on February 20th, 2010

    I wish that if you had the downloadable version of VVVVVV you could also play it on kong and sync your progress. :I

  14. Erik on February 22nd, 2010

    Re: Steam

    The biggest thing for Steam, in my case, is that I can buy the game once, and just play it on any computer I can log in from. Thats… huge.

    It’s enough that I’d be willing to buy the game again if you released it on steam with achievements 🙂

  15. Anonymous on February 23rd, 2010

    Demo currently has a 3.29/5 on Kongregate, not horrible. However, the comments are just ripping the game apart, maybe not the best place to advertise the game.

  16. boss on February 24th, 2010

    The comments are hilarious. The demo dropped from 3.6x to 3.16. I guess the thought of paying someone for work they have done is a scary concept to the sites pimply faced population, what a shame.

  17. Ryan on February 24th, 2010

    The comments on Kong are pretty ignorant. Mostly complaining on how they don’t want to pay for a “flash” game. If it was programmed in C they would just find something else to rip on. I bought the game and definitely feel I’ve got my money’s worth. Ive paid much more for AAA games that I’ve gotten much less enjoyment out of. As more and more publishers and retailers abandon PC games, It’s nice to see where our future is headed with smartly developed independent games. Good job Terry, I’m excited to see what you have coming up next!

  18. kwyjibo on February 25th, 2010

    The comments on Kongregate show that regardless of the websites clean modern design aesthetics, that the audience it attracts is as undeveloped, crass, and immature as the tasteless poison pits of N4G or Gamefaqs.

    The game is not being rated on its merits, but whether or not the user is willing to pay. So it’s getting 0/5 from those with a perverted sense of entitlement – 0/5 from those who haven’t even played it.

    Terry, get this thing on Steam.

  19. Dysfunctional on February 27th, 2010

    While I love the site, the Kongregate community tends to destroy anything that costs money (especially considering this is $15). I can’t say the decision was unsuccessful though – otherwise I wouldn’t have found out about this game.

    I was quite surprised (and pleased) to see this on TV this morning (via Reviews on the Run) though. Good luck with your next game!

  20. Kalle on March 1st, 2010

    Definitely a cool game. I grabbed the demo and tried it in Wine (linux user) and it croaked badly. If you ever release a linux port of the game, I’d buy it. I’m actually sort of tired of doing everything game-wise in Wine, anyway. 😐

  21. Terry on March 1st, 2010

    Kalle: I tried! Unfortunately the best I can offer for Linux users (if the Wine solution doesn’t work for you) is the online version on Kongregate 🙁

  22. Eamonn on March 4th, 2010

    Ok, I played the VVVVVV demo and loved it and went to buy it from your website. The one thing that puzzled me though, if I am going to pay through paypal why does the site still want my name, address, etc.

    Surely if I am paying with paypal all you should need is my email address? Maybe I am just more paranoid than most but anytime a site asks for more personal information than it needs it gets my hackles up. Not to mention that every single field that needs to be filled in on that page can end up costing you a sale. I suspect for most people a game like VVVVVV will be an impulse purchase. Every second you make someone wait between the urge to buy and clicking purchase has the potential to cost you sales.

    Finally the main website, thelettervsixtim.es does not look like it is the game creators official website for the game. It just lacks whatever aura of officialness most game websites have which again makes me feel a bit suspicious. Note that I have no trouble using that website, but if I felt this way I am sure others do too and I would hate to think you might be losing sales over minor things like these when you have already done the hard work of producing a very fun, very novel, very entertaining game.

  23. ant_man on March 13th, 2010

    Oh, man!
    You really should inform people about game saves inside flash cache BY HUGEOUS LETTERS IN MAIN MENU!! I’ve just lost all my progress using CCleaner…

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